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SHORTTAKES: PCC to help WIRED project with career and training needs

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The PCC Grants Office announced that the college’s Workforce & Economic Development Division of the Extended Learning Campus is a key partner in a three-year $5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to the state of Oregon.

The project, known as WIRED, will transform the regional economy including Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia, Marion, Yamhill, and Polk Counties. This broad-scale project will focus on the needs of advanced manufacturing and will involve Workforce Investment Boards, community colleges, K-12, industry and other key stakeholders. As a part of the project, community colleges will align curriculum through reverse engineering to promote talent management; build the Career Pathways Roadmap; and develop re-careering strategies for mature adults to keep their skills and experience in the workforce.

PCC will lead the involvement of community colleges in the region. Collectively, the partnering community colleges (PCC, Mt. Hood, Clackamas and Chemeketa) will receive $385,222 in the first year of the project, with additional funding anticipated in the following years.

Pilkington named new international student advisor

Roxanne Pilkington has been hired on as the new international student advisor at the Rock Creek Campus. Pilkington will work with the college’s F-1 international students in the Office of International Education, based at the campus. She has worked at PCC for a number of years and brings a variety of experience in international education. Congratulations to Roxanne!

Math department pioneer, Finnell, passes away

One of the original members of the Cascade math department, Bobby Finnell, passed away on Oct 30. Finnell was the producer and star of the “talking hand” math videos. According to those who knew him, he gave countless hours to students, the department, and Cascade. At his request, no service will be held. Bobby will be sorely missed.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »


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